Obituaries 09-13-2012

Peter Aloise

Florida Resident

Peter Aloise of Delray Beach, Florida, formerly of the North End of Boston, died on September 3.

He was the beloved husband of Mary Aloise and the late Margaret “Margie” Aloise; loving father of Maria Ricci and her husband, John of Winthrop and JoAnn LaPorte and her husband, James of Malden; beloved brother of Mary Juffre, Gene Spatola, Elena Scimone, Rosalie Martocchio and the late John. He is also survived by four loving grandchildren, Aimee Galego, Michelle Lineberger, Peter and Floey LaPorte and four loving great grandchildren, Michela, Mia and Maximus Galego and Roman Lineberger.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore, Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Walter Connelly


Walter J. Connelly, Esquire, a lifelong resident of Milton, died on September 5.

A Korean War veteran and a Boston College Triple Eagle, he was a former partner at Lyne, Woodworth & Evarts in Boston.

He was the beloved husband of 48 years of Brenda Mary (O’Connor; loving father of Walter J. Connelly, Jr. and his spouse, Daniel Dalo of Winthrop, Brendan D. Connelly and his wife, Tina of Port Coquitlam, BC, Matthew R. Connelly and his wife, Tina of Franklin and Neil J. Connelly and his wife, Chelsea of Franklin; dear brother of Barry J. Connelly of Dartmouth and the late Regina Shea of Squantum and Roderick M. Connelly of Milton; devoted grandfather of Madeline, Jackie and Sean, Shelby and Kaitlyn and Ryan and Maeve.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Dolan Funeral Home, East Milton. Burial was in Milton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Roderick M. Connelly Scholarship Fund, Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd, Dorchester, MA 02125.

Miram Smith

Winthrop Resident

Miriam Smith of Winthrop died on August 24. She was 71 years old.

She was the devoted mother of Jeffrey L. Smith, Howard M. Smith, and Anna G. Smith; loving daughter of the late Charles and Esther (Melniker) Smith; dear sister of Sandra King; loving grandmother of Eric Fabrizio, Michael Fabrizio Smith, Salvatore Rinaldi and Angelina Rinaldi and great grandmother of Julian Fabrizio Smith and Lillee Fabrizio Smith. She was the dear niece of Morris Melniker, loving cousin of Ann Maddaford and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was at Chevra Mishna Cemetery, Lynn. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, MA Division, 9 Riverside Road, Weston, MA 02493.

Dr. Mitchell Kuhn

Retired Optometrist

Dr. Mitchell M. Kuhn, a 53-year resident of Peabody, formerly of Boston and Winthrop, died on September 5 at Salem Hospital surrounded by his family after a brief illness. He was 86 years old.

Dr. Kuhn was raised in Boston and Winthrop and was a graduate of Winthrop High School and Massachusetts College of Optometry. He began his career as a teacher for 16 years at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and then began private practice in Boston and Peabody.

A longtime member of Temple Ner Tamid of Peabody and the Ocean Lodge of Masons, he was the devoted husband of Barbara (Trager) Kuhn, beloved father of Eric Kuhn, David and his wife, Marianne Kuhn and the late Allison Kuhn and the dear brother of the late Florence Kuhn.

Funeral arrangements were by the Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. For on line condolences:

Elizabeth Little

Died On Her 57th Birthday

Elizabeth (O’Hara) Little died on her 57th birthday, September 4 in Revere.

She was the beloved wife of Joseph G. Little; cherished mother of Shannon P. O’Hara and her fiancé, Jonathan V. Stasio and Joseph G. Little Jr., all of Revere; dear sister of Judith A. “Judy” Violette of Ipswich, Eileen O’Hara of Chelsea, Paula G. Zarni and her husband, James A. of Revere and the late Dennis O’Hara and is also lovingly survived by her granddaughter, Lydia E. O’Hara and her nieces, Janna, Jessica and Katie. She was the daughter of the late Revere patrolman Vincent J. O’Hara and the late Margaret Y. (Donovan) O’Hara.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Memorial remembrances may be made to the Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell, 350 South Huntington Ave. Boston Ma 02130-9923. For information, visit:

Bernard Cervizzi, Jr.

Of Maine, Formerly of East Boston

Bernard A. Cervizzi Jr. of Acton, Maine, died on August 31 at the Greenwood Center in Sanford. He was 86 years old.

Mr. Cervizzi was the youngest of nine children born on June 8, 1926 to Italian immigrants Bernard Angelo and Maria (Peroni) Cervizzi and was raised in East Boston. He was employed as a toll collector for the Massachusetts Turnpike for a time before going to work as a mail handler for the United States Postal Service. He worked at the airmail facility located at Logan International Airport in Boston until he transferred to the south postal annex in Boston’s South End a few years before he retired.

He was predeceased by his son, David Andrew Cervizzi; his great granddaughter Bella Elizabeth Cervizzi, his siblings, Pasquale of Winthrop, Dominic of Winchester, Anna Yanelli of Roslindale, Vincent of Revere, Helen D’Addario of East Boston, Victor of Ormand Beach. Florida and Marie Caroline Cervizzi. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth of Acton, ME; two children, Bernard J. and his wife, Sharon of San Diego, CA and Lorraine of Acton, ME; two grandchildren, Sarah Cervizzi of Vacaville, CA and David Cervizzi and his wife, Cynthia of Bonaire, GA; his great grandson, Anthony; the mother of his grandchildren, Rachel Cervizzi of Vacaville, CA; his loving sister, Carol Hyland of Webster, MA and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, Springvale, Maine. Burial with military honors was at the Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Springvale. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Wentworth Homecare and Hospice, c/o Wentworth-Douglass Hospital & Health Foundation, 789 Central Avenue, Dover, NH 03820. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit

Richard McDonald

Last of the Winthrop McDonalds

Richard J. McDonald of Indiana, formerly of Winthrop, was born in Winthrop on July 7, 1925 and died on August 31.

He was the seventh child of John J. MacDonald of Prince Edward Island, Canada and Mary (Mackell) MacDonald of Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, Ireland. He grew up fishing and boating on the ocean and hiking the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he would spend over 60 summers of visits. He was the last of the Winthrop MacDonald’s.

During World War II, he served on the USS Block Island and saw action in Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Allied POW rescues in Taipei, Taiwan in 1945. He was proud of his ship, his service and Admiral Nimitz.

After the war, he entered the University of Notre Dame with the kind help of Father A. Leonard Collins, CSC on the GI Bill. He was a member of the Class of 1951 and Notre Dame Law School, Class of 1954.

In March 1951, he married the former Elaine Edwards who died in 2005 at Sacred Heart Church. She was the daughter of legendary ‘Cap’ Edwards, Notre Dame 1909 Captain, 1913 Notre Dame Coach (Rockne), NFL pioneer and local industrialist.

After law school, he went to work at Bendix, then Raytheon in Lowell, Mass. After returning to South Bend, Indiana, he joined Montgomery and Kopec, then Patrick, Anderson and McDonald law firms, finally going on his own for the last 30 years. He was full time at work until his illness struck.

He was involved in many areas of the law, politics and society. He was deputy prosecutor under Bill Voor, County Attorney, City Democratic Chairman, Robert Kennedy’s 1968 delegate, St Joseph County Bar Association, St. Joseph Rivershed (his love of water), The Little Joe Club, Diamond Lake/Diamond Shores Assn, Hibernians , USS Block Island CVE 21 and 106 Assn. and the Elk’s 235 as their attorney.

He loved Notre Dame, New England, Diamond Lake, Hawaii, Ireland, Isle of Skye, and of course, his work. He liked away Notre Dame football games, ‘dry train’ trips, boiling lobsters and clams, fishing in Alaska, good English grammar, his jaunts to the courthouse, the porch in Kearsarge, Dolly Copp and helping people. His family always came first. He was an instrument of peace.

He leaves behind his sons, Jack McDonald and his wife, Karen of Granger, Indiana,  Jim and his wife, Siobhan McDonald of New Hampshire, Rick and his wife, Jane Beitler McDonald of Colorado and Dan McDonald of South Bend and his daughters: Laurie A. McDonald of South Bend and Mary (Molly) McDonald of Mishawaka and his granddaughter,  Katie McDonald. His beloved grandson, Christopher McDonald preceded him in death.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Palmer Funeral Home – Hickey Chapel, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend. A celebration of life mass was held Thursday Sept 6 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame with Rev. Leonard J. Collins, C.S.C. officiating. Burial will take place at Highland Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to Christ Child Society, PO Box 1286, South Bend, IN 46624 or to Helping Hands of Cass County, 130 S. Broadway Street, Cassopolis, MI  49031. Online condolences may be left for the McDonald family at

Anthony ‘Tony’ Ranieri, Jr.

Winthrop Resident

Anthony F. “Tony” Ranieri,  Jr. of Winthrop went home to the lord peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sept.10. He was 60 years old.

He was the cherished son of Gladys (Andriotti) and the late Anthony Ranieri Sr.; dear brother of Patricia Ranieri and Janice Tremonte, both of Winthrop and Cynthia Silvey and her husband, Edward of Reading and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Friday, September 14 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of his life in St.Joseph-St.Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. The Memorial Home is handicapped accessible and a children’s lounge is available. Courtesy valet parking at the front entrance and ample attendant off street parking is also available in our three parking lots. For transportation to the memorial home please call 617-569-0990. Services will conclude with burial at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. For more information or to send an online condolence, visit

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